Pileated Woodpecker at Buckhorn Creek WMA

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Pileated Woodpecker
 
Buckhorn Creek Wildlife Management Area, Warren County NJ
 
I got a few quick shots off from my car before this bird and his mate flew deeper into the woods.
 
Visit Buckhorn Creek – https://goo.gl/maps/7WWbwd8G5yqcTShr8
 

Northern Cricket Frog at Greendell Marsh Ecological Preserve

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Northern Cricket Frog at Greendell Marsh Ecological Preserve
 
Frelinghuysen Twp, New Jersey
 
With the recent warm weather the cricket frogs are out at full force in the puddles, ponds, and wetlands.
 
Visit Friends of Greendell Marsh Ecological Preserve on Facebook for more information on the preserve
Species info on Northern Cricket Frog – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_cricket_frog

Solomon’s Seal at Buckhorn Creek WMA NJ

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Solomon’s Seal and Skunk Cabbage
 
Buckhorn Creek Wildlife Management Area, Warren County NJ
 
More info on Solomon’s Seal – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polygonatum
 

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Highlands Trail Overlook
 
Allamuchy Mountain State Park, New Jersey
 
I loved the elevated view of the Musconetcong River from this recent hike. It made my trek through the woods very much worth it. By standing behind the 2 foreground trees and utilizing a wideangle lens I was able to simulate a “frame within a frame” technique for the shot.
 
This was an approximate 3.5 mile round trip hike for me. I parked at the Sussex Branch Trailhead on Waterloo Road, then began ascending the White Trail which seemed to turn to a White/Orange blazed Trail before I made a left-hand turn onto the Teal blaze (Highlands Trail) to this overlook. I didn’t plan on it but wound up hiking the Red Trail back down to the Sussex Trail on my way back to the car.
 
It is always good to have a freshly charged cell phone with good service as well as a battery back-up charger for tackling a solo hike. I did re-charge my phone mid-hike and utilized the NJ state park map pdf to navigate my return.
 
 
Park at the Sussex Branch Trail – https://goo.gl/maps/LE5HkUJjbzNDuPbJ8